Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

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Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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Oilers' Connor McDavid is still a Calder Trophy factor — It was the Wayne Gretzky era revisited Thursday night in Edmonton when Connor McDavid uncorked a five-point (two goals, three assists) performance to power the Oilers to a 5-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Allen: Drew Doughty would get my Norris Trophy vote — If I had to cast my Norris Trophy ballot today, I would vote Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty as No. 1 and Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson as No. 2. The Doughty vs. Karlsson Norris debate boils down to hockey's most basic question. What is more important: defense or offense?

5 reasons Dion Phaneuf trade makes sense for Senators and Maple Leafs — The Toronto Maple Leafs moved their captain Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday in a nine-player trade. Forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert, plus defenseman Cody Donaghey go with Phaneuf to the Senators for defenseman Jared Cowen, plus forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg.
Feb 09, 2016

From @ByKevinAllen: Why Phaneuf trade makes sense for both teams via @usatoday

Florida Panthers forging new identity as a contender — When goalie Roberto Luongo waived his no-trade clause to go from the Vancouver Canucks to the Florida Panthers in March 2014, he was angered that people were presuming he was heading south to ease into semi-retirement. The suggestion was Luongo's willingness to accept a move to a losing organization, as the Panthers had been for years, meant he had lost his competitive edge.

Is Senators' Erik Karlsson worthy of the Hart Trophy? — Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is a brilliant player, possessing lightning speed and exceptional offensive instincts. He has finished first in points among defensemen in three of the past four seasons, and is a lock (59 points) to do it again this year. But is this season enough to get him some Hart Trophy consideration?

Jaromir Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him Masterton Trophy favorite — Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr deserves the Masterton Trophy even if the hockey community doesn't share a consensus of what this award should be about. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, has long been misunderstood.
Feb 06, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him most deserving of Masterton Trophy: (@ByKevinAllen)

Feb 06, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him most deserving of Masterton Trophy: (@ByKevinAllen)

Feb 07, 2016

Agree completely with @ByKevinAllen on what the Masterton should mean. Shane Doan another prime candidate.…

Five reasons NHL trade deadline could be uneventful — Trades are going to be completed before the Feb. 29 (3 p.m. ET) deadline because contending general managers can't resist the temptation to improve their teams before the playoffs. But here are five reasons why we may not see as many deals this trade season: Several teams that were supposed to out of contention, including the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers, are still in the playoff hunt.

The 10 American draft prospects that are destined for NHL success — As scouts sort through prospect rankings for the 2016 NHL draft, it is clear that the American class is the best since 2007 when Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk were the first two picks. That was the year that Ryan McDonagh went 12th to the Montreal Canadiens, Kevin Shattenkirk landed 14th to Colorado Avalanche and Max Pacioretty was chosen 22nd by the Canadiens.

Total Quality Logistics to Open New Indiana Location — Total Quality Logistics is planning to open a sales office next month at Blackthorn Corporate Park on the northwest side of South Bend, Indiana. Total Quality, which is based in Cincinnati, announced on Feb. 4 that it will open the office on March 7. A team of five current TQL employees will open the office.

20-Game Ban for Ref Cross Check Sends Right Message — Copyright 2016 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Often the hockey world is fuzzy about locating the line that shouldn't be crossed when it comes to what happens between players on the ice. Every time a player is suspended for an illegal hit, opinions vary dramatically about whether the punishment is fair.
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Feb 12, 2016

If I voted today, Drew Doughty would get my Norris Trophy vote:

Feb 12, 2016

Top Shelf podcast: Stars GM Jim Nill stops by to talk team, trade deadline, Central:

Feb 10, 2016

Quenneville's presser took 30 seconds as he fumed about overturned goal: (@kristen_shilton)

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